Earlier this year, it was reported that New Line Cinema was looking to revitalize the dusty Shaft franchise. Now, the reboot has found a pair of writers and producers, and a couple of them are making the jump from the small screen.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and The Goldbergs executive producer-writer Alex Barnow will pen the script, which The Hollywood Reporter indicates “will have a comedic tone but will retain its action roots.” While both John Davis (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and Ira Napoliello (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) will produce. Richard Brener and Samuel J. Brown will oversee the production.
Based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman, MGM released the original Shaft in 1971 with Richard Roundtree in the titular role and Gordon Parks behind the lens. The pair returned for both sequels, Shaft’s Big Score and Shaft in Africa. Samuel L. Jackson starred as the nephew of Roundtree’s John Shaft in director John Singleton’s 2000 reboot at Paramount.
It’s a shame they couldn’t just let Singleton and Jackson pick up where they left off. Considering that film grossed $70,334,258 in the domestic box office and $107,196,498 worldwide, it’s a mystery why we never saw a sequel. Still, if they’re looking for some adrenaline and possibly new life, may we suggest a highly stylish director by the name of Rick Famuyiwa?
Wouldn’t that be a follow-up to Dope. We’ll see.